The other day I just felt unsettled and unproductive and I knew instantly why. My office was a mess. I’ve had need to bring a heap of personal files back from the office to my home office and the place was cluttered. For me, a mess drains my energy.
What drains your energy?
Physical Clutter or Mess
Which means simply – keep your work space tidy and you’ll be happy and productive.
Are all those thoughts and ideas and “oh, I must remember” thoughts in your head, distracting you from what’s important. If so, develop a means to ‘download’ that from your head. Either a note pad, tablet or even notes section of your mobile phone or any of the great mobile apps you can get, will clear your head and allow you to focus on what’s important.
Negative People or Negative Thoughts
The first is a little easier to sort. Simply reduce the amount of time around negative people and increase the amount of time around those who are positive. If you yourself have negative thoughts, then you may choose to train your brain and stop yourself from being negative. There are a heap of great ‘being positive’ books out there, plus give yourself a challenge. Stop talking negative. Don’t allow anything negative to come out of your mouth. Once you’ve achieved that, you can push further to stopping negative thoughts by consciously not allowing yourself to think them …. But that’s YOUR choice.
Do you just find your energy level drop around 3pm? I’m not a health practitioner, but certainly talk to yours and discuss this. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating well? Do you need suitable vitamins? Do you get enough exercise? Ensuring your body is at peak performance will definitely assist you with having great energy to be productive all day.
Tasks you Detest
If those tasks that you just hate doing, and keep putting off, suck the life out of you, then adopt the “eat that frog” concept (Brian Tracey) instead. Brian’s concept is that if you had a frog on your dinner plate to eat (or worse, image a toad) … we would tend to avoid it, push it around the plate, eat the other things first etc … and all the while this disgusting toad is still on our plate and has ruined our meal. So instead, eat it first, and then you can enjoy and relish the rest of our meal. Same concept with tasks we hate, possibly collection phone calls or terminating a client. Do these things first in your day and then enjoy the rest of your day.
Next time you’re feeling drained, think about why it’s happening and especially look to see if there is a pattern. Then consider what you can do to change that situation. There is only one person who controls your life and can make your day great or crummy – that is you. Take control of your entire day!
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